I'll Never Quit For Ron Paul
Hi friends, I have been meaning to write this for some time. Michael at the Daily Paul keeps asking me, so here it is. My name is Erik Petroni and I wanted to open up on who I am and what motivated me to create the Super Brochure...and, the NEVER QUIT story.
It started with my father. I grew up in the Canal Zone where my father was a Panama Canal Ships pilot. During the illegal giveaway of the Panama Canal by the Jimmy Carter administration, I learned the "behind the scenes" of the Rockefellers and the Federal Reserve who were behind the giveaway. A part of this was the knowledge that the world bankers needed to take the control of the Canal from the American people and put it under UN control, and they did. I was so hurt by this giveaway that I intently studied all the behind the scenes players. The book that opened my understanding was called: The Unseen Hand.
We were forced to leave the Canal Zone in 2000 and for the next 8 years I traveled the world filming and shooting campaigns and coaching my sister in surfing. She became the #1 American female surfer in 2008.
In 2006 my father, my pillar of strength, had a stroke and then a massive brain bleed. He was in a coma and almost died. My life seemed to end. He was my best friend and I asked God what deal could I do to get Dad well again. Take my life? Anything to let him become healed. God does not make deals as you know. Over the next 6 months he made small improvements. One day, while we were laying in bed, I was reading to my father, (dad could not speak, eat, walk and he had so many tubes coming out of him at that time) but I asked him: "Dad, if you try to write just one thing on this piece of paper, what would you write?" I handed him a sharpie and even though it took him some time, he scratched out: NEVER QUIT. I was moved to my core.
NEVER QUIT became our motto. I soon stated to carry Dad on my back for walks, the way he would carry me when I was a boy, and he would direct my by lightly pulling on my ear lobes to turn me from right to left. One day, I lowered him down and as I held him he spoke his first full sentence: "Erik, thank you for Never Quitting for me, and pushing me 1000%, I will Never Quit for you either."
Two years later my father had become much better but still could not walk on his own. My father, sister, doctors and myself would speak to High School students on the importance of loving and honoring your parents, living a clean healthy life and giving your best in all that you do. The presentations were very effective with the students and we went from school to school. And from these school talks, the NEVER QUIT event was born. Our first one was in June 2009. Dad was there that day and with help, he crossed the finish line. 6 months later he had another stroke and brain bleed and went Home Dec 31, 2009.
I took a lot of the blame on myself for his passing. I had tried to be so attentive to getting him well and to any future stroke signs and yet I missed the one that caused his passing. As Dad had days left to live, a doctor friend showed me an x-ray with of the tiny Brain Bleeds he had over the past 6 years, and the doctor asked if I could grow the NEVER QUIT event to get a message of health to others. I felt like I had purpose once again, is some small way to redeem myself from his final stroke and brain bleed. We now get 1,000's checked up and many lives have been prolonged.
With NEVER QUIT I was able to express all the things that were important to Dad. They were; Faith, Family, Healthy Living, Defending our Constitution, supporting our troops and a commit to Never Quit. You can see the links of many of father's favorite quotes here.
This is where Ron Paul comes in. In July of 2009 I found out about Ron Paul because I saw a "Google Ron Paul" Bumper sticker. That night I did and I was hooked. All the things that Dad had taught me about Freedom and our Constitution were in Ron Paul's message.
You can see the video here:
Each night, I relished in spending at least 30 min on the Daily Paul. I started sending Ron Paul video links to everyone, but I had to do more. How could I spread his message effectively, to many. I had a NEVER QUIT brochure that had effectively advertised and grown the event, and I thought, why not use the same concept to promote Ron Paul.
This was a highlight in my life and to now think that 4 - million Ron Paul Super Brochures have been mailed out has made me so grateful that my father instilled in me the importance of our constitution and all that it stood for.
I am also just as grateful for being a part of those who are Liberty minded. The Ron Paul family.
It would be an honor to meet many of you. So if you would join us for the the 4th NEVER QUIT event on June 9 in Jacksonville Beach Florida. Please do come.
If there are any of you that has a business that you would like us to help promote you, please write me here.
And if you have any questions about NEVER QUIT or what I have written, please do post on the Daily Paul and I will answer your questions.
Please spread the word on NEVER QUIT to the Ron Paul community. They are the friendliest and most spirited group of people I have ever come across and I would love to see their enthusiasm shared with 10,000 others on June 9.
Never Quit, Never